Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Combination to Oily Skin

by Clinique  Even Better
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$46.50 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer with Sunscreen
Last Updated:
12/17/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This is a very good, lightweight daytime moisturizer with sunscreen. It is well suited for its intended skin types, and contains stabilized avobenzone for critical UVA (think anti-aging) protection. The silky, fluid texture slips easily over skin but if you were hoping for an absorbent or matte finish, you’re out of luck: this leaves a sheen despite feeling light and non-greasy. If you follow with a matte finish foundation and/or powder, the sheen is a non-issue, and it’s great that the formula contains a range of antioxidants (including vitamin C) as well as smaller but potentially helpful amounts of repairing ingredients. This contains grapefruit peel extract which poses a slight risk of irritation, but it’s certainly not as bad as pure grapefruit peel oil (which is a concentrated source of fragrant irritants skin doesn’t need).

Although this contains salicylic acid, the pH is markedly out of the range it needs to function as an exfoliant. Even if the pH was within the required range, the amount of salicylic acid present is likely below 0.5%, which isn’t enough to exfoliate skin. Still, this fragrance-free Even Better product has a lot going for it, though you don’t need to spend in this range for an effective, broad-spectrum moisturizer with sunscreen.

Refreshing, oil-free hydrating lotion for oilier skins creates a more even skin tone while protecting skin from future darkening with high-level UVA/UVB defense. Specialized ingredients break apart surface darkening and exfoliate it away. Instantly brightens, clarifies.

Active: Octisalate 5%, Avobenzone 3%, Octocrylene 2.7% Other: Water, Dimethicone, Yeast Extract, Butyloctyl Salicylate, PEG-100 Stearate, Trisiloxane, Butylene Glycol, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Polyethylene, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-6, Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Bran) Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Trametes Versicolor Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Juice, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Salicylic Acid, Caffeine, Linoleic Acid, Cholesterol, Acetyl Glucosamine, Sodium Rna, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Steareth21, Sucrose, Tromethamine, Di-C12-18 Alkyl Dimonium Chloride, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetyl Alcohol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Lauryl PEG 9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethiconol, Trehalose, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hexylene Glycol, Silica, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol

Clinique was Estee Lauder's first attempt to expand its market with a completely separate line and image. Shortly after its 1968 debut at U.S. cosmetics counters, Clinique became known as the indispensable line for the woman under 30 concerned with breakouts, oily skin, and fragrance-free products (meaning less likely to cause allergic or sensitizing skin reactions). That's likely just what Lauder execs had in mind, because their namesake line's image and positioning was geared more toward the mature woman.

Clinique's tremendous success (the company's products are sold in over 13,000 department stores and in 110 countries) reshaped the way cosmetics lines identified themselves, sending the concept of line loyalty out to pasture. Today, cosmetics companies expand their market either by buying already established companies or by creating new ones, and Lauder has been adept at doing both. Of course, cosmetics companies keep this multiple-personality identity hidden from the consumer. If the general buying public realized that these apparently different companies were so intertwined with each other, how could they flaunt their independence and claim that their unparalleled formulations are secret or the best? It's hard to think Lauder (or any company) would, even if they could, keep secrets from one branch separate from the others. And as evidneced by the formulary similarities between brands, they don't!

The niche Clinique built launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does have some fragrant extracts in a few products). Regarding allergy testing, unless you can see the results, what difference does it make if a product makes that claim? What if the test showed 20% of the women who used it had a sensitizing reaction, dryness, or irritation? Would Clinique highlight this, or is it just easier to default to the generic allergy-tested claim and leave such details out? The answer as to which option is easier is clear. Moreover, "hypoallergenic" is a term not regulated by the FDA, so any product can use the word without having to substantiate the claim. "Dermatologist tested" is also bogus, because without published test results the term can easily mean nothing more than that a dermatologist picked up the product, looked at the container, and said "This looks good." And what about the dermatologists on Clinique's payroll? How do we know they're not the ones involved in testing, rather than sending the products out for independent, impartial evaluation (though how impartial can any study be that's paid for by the company making the product)?

Clinique declined any participation in my book or for this site, which included refusing to send us copies of the allergy studies they maintain have been performed for every product they sell. I find their unwillingness to help odd because, for the most part, I genuinely like most of their products. In fact, more than any other department-store line except Estee Lauder, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums. They have their act together for sunscreens and have expanded their decades-old three-step skin-care routine to include water-soluble cleansers instead of bar soap. They also now have a second "Dramatically Different" moisturizer that's well-suited for those with normal to oily skin.

The Clinique consultants, dressed in medical-looking white lab coats (Clinique's image in that sense was ahead of the times given today's plethora of doctor-designed skin-care lines), do their best to speak intelligently about skin-care routines, but for the most part they're trained to sell the products rather than to provide information about what substantiated research has shown about the skin's needs to look and feel its best. The good news for you is that the chemists behind Clinique's arsenal of products have been keeping up on this exciting information, and formulating superior products in response. I wouldn't blindly and solely bank on Clinique as your skin-care solution, but more than ever what they offer is, despite some far-out claims and problematic products, what epitomizes advanced skin care for all ages. Shop carefully and you'll leave confident that you are purchasing products with solid science, not just marketing hype, behind them.

In late 2008 Clinique joined forces with pharmaceutical company Allergan to launch a subset of products labeled as Clinique Medical. These products are sold only at doctor's offices, and are positioned as being scientically-designed to complement those looking for the best skin care after undergoing cosmetic corrective procedures. As expected, despite the link with Allergan and the exclusive-to-doctors retail channel, there isn't anything vastly different about Clinique Medical compared to the regular Clinique line. And the whole marketing angle is just bizarre when you consider that since Clinique's inception they've tied their claims and formulas to the expertise of their "guiding dermatologists". They're selling Clinique Medical as "best in class" skin care diminshes the regard which the company should be holding for several of their other state-of-the-art products (those rated Paula's Pick qualify as such). Needless to say, most of the Clinique Medical products are recommended, but don't think for a second that they're superior to or more professional than the best of Clinique's main line. All Clinique products are fragrance-free unless noted otherwise.

Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about Clinique, owned by Estee Lauder, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com

Clinique Makeup

Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially in their huge and imposing selection of foundations, many of which feature effective sunscreens. That single category has become the most compelling reason to shop Clinique's makeup collection. Without a doubt the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color. The shade selection has improved considerably, with more neutrals and a broader range than ever before. You still need to use caution and watch out for peach-toned duds, but for the most part finding a natural-looking match shouldn't be a frustrating experience, and the counter personnel are happy to provide samples. Although the foundation and powder shades take darker skin tones into account, the blush, eye pencil, and most of the lipstick shades do not. Perhaps that will change in the future, as Clinique beautifully updated their eyeshadow collection with ultra-smooth textures and deeper colors that show up on darker skin.

Compliments are also due for Clinique's updated makeup tester units. They are well-organized, labeled with product name and price, and easily accessible without a salesperson's help. And speaking of salespeople, most of the Clinique consultants I encountered went above and beyond to provide assistance and to answer any questions I had. Those white lab coats don't mean medical expertise, but I'll take outstanding customer service over pseudoscience any day!

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

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  1. Scarlett A.
    Reviewed on Thursday, November 27, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    What I've hoped to find
    • I wouldn't have tried this at all if it wasn't for the good review here. Actually this absorbs pretty well and it seems to add a nice suppleness to my skin. Sunscreen is a must so it comes down to picking the poison. I really like the way my skin looks and feel when I wear this under makeup, and while using with the serum, I am noticing my discolorations are fading. Around my eyes I use Superdefence SPF 20 so I don't worry about Even Better irritating my eyes.

  2. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Thursday, October 10, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Good sunscreen
    • I use this product as an non greasy sunprotection lotion. I have very dry skin and use it over my mosturiser and serum. Very pleased with this product!

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